Author(s): Roberto Bolano
During the course of a single night, Fatherr Sebastian Urrutia Lacroix, a Chilean priest, who is a member of Opus Dei, a literary critic and a mediocre poet, relives some of the crucial events of his life. He believes he is dying and in his feverish delirium various characters, both real and imaginary, appear to him as icy monsters, as if in sequences from a horror film. Thus we are given glimpses of the great poet Pablo Neruda, the German writer Ernst Junger, General Pinochet, whom Father Lacroix instructs in Marxist doctrine, as well as various members of the Chilean intelligentsia whose lives, during a period of political turbulence, have touched upon his.
An exotic and highly imaginative literary masterpiece by Chile's finest contemporary writer. 20030623
"A brilliant analysis of Chilean literature and the contaminated soil out of which it has emerged.... This is a wonderful and beautifully written book by a writer who has an enviable control over every beat, every change of tempo, every image. The prose is constantly exciting and challenging -- at times lyrical and allusive, at others filled with biting wit."
Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile in 1953 and died in Catalonia in 2003. He was widely regarded as the essential Latin American writers of our age. He was best known for his novels (including The Savage Detectives, which won a number of prestigious literaryawards, Nocturno de Chile, translated as By Night in Chile, Amulet, and 2666) and his short stories, Last Evenings on Earth.